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  • 26 January, 2021

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AP Govt vs State Election Commission

AP Govt vs State Election Commission

  • The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea by the Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy government against the Andhra State Election Commission’s decision to conduct gram panchayat elections amid COVID-19 vaccination drive, saying “elections have been held in this country in far more difficult times”.
  • The court said the State government’s reluctance to conduct the elections and the wording of its appeal suggested an “ego battle” between the government and State Election Commissioner N. Ramesh Kumar.
  • “Ego problem between two authorities is leading to lawlessness. We cannot allow lawlessness. How can resolutions be passed against State Election Commissioner N. Ramesh Kumar,” Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, heading the Bench, asked.
  • The court said it was “highly deplorable” to see State employees’ federations issuing resolutions against the Election Commissioner.
  • “The purpose of the State Election Commission [SEC] is to take over elections... Every time this process is started, some reason is being given to postpone the elections... The SEC is alive to the fact of the vaccination drive, the court should not take over such functions from the Election Commission. There is only a very limited scope of judicial review here,” Justice Kaul, flanked by Justice Hrishikesh Roy on the Bench, told Andhra’s lawyers, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi and Mahfooz A. Nazki.

Source: TH


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